Cheeseburgers are an unofficial hero of our society. They’re tender, juicy, and packed with protein. Even plant-based eaters have their own version of this glorious sandwich. But how to reheat a cheeseburger properly?
Fresh cheeseburgers are perfectly cooked and have perfect buns. Once they’re refrigerated, things get a bit messy. For one, the ingredients merge and can be difficult to reheat, especially if you don’t want to heat cold ingredients.
Leftover cheeseburgers can make or break your positive perception. The only way to completely enjoy them is knowing how to reheat a cheeseburger.
If you aren’t picky, you can simply reheat the entire cheeseburger and be done with it. If you want to feel like you’re eating a new burger, there are a few steps that will allow you to come very close.
Start by unwrapping your burger. Take off any of the toppings you don’t want to be heated. You will lose some of your condiments, so if possible, gather your new condiments to add after reheating.
Your burger will taste better if you use fresh cold ingredients like tomato, lettuce, and cheese. Slice these ingredients and put them on the side prior to heating your patty. If you heat your cheese with the patty, it may scorch before the meat is evenly heated.
Do your best to scrape your cheese from the patty and once your meat is almost hot, add your new piece of cheese and heat for 30 more seconds.
If you prefer warm buns, you can take them off prior to heating the meat and microwave or toast them for 30 seconds. Placing them in the toaster gives the buns a crunch if you like a bit of texture.
This is recommended if you’re going to add wet ingredients to your buns like ketchup, mayo, or barbeque sauce.
You can also heat your patty on the stovetop. Place a thin layer of water in the bottom of your pan and add your patty in the middle. Cover the pan with a lid so the water will create steam and evenly heat the burger. This method takes a few more minutes but overall tastes better than microwaving.
Once the meat is almost finished, you can add a new slice of cheese. To avoid getting your buns wet, use a microwave or oven to toast them.
Now it’s time to assemble. Starting with your bun, place your heated patty with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and condiments of your choice.
Then, place the final bun on top and enjoy. When you reheat your cheeseburger, make sure that you’re eating it right away to enjoy it at its peak.
You should also refrigerate your cheeseburger rather than leaving it at room temperature for longer than two hours to avoid getting sick.
If your buns are too soggy and fall apart, substitute your buns with a similar bread like pretzel or brioche buns. You can even use a toasted bagel.
If you decide to cook cheeseburgers and know you’ll have leftovers, cooking your burgers medium rather than well done. This way, your burger won’t lose its moisture when you reheat it.
Cheeseburgers make the world a better place. By following these steps, you will never have to throw away a leftover cheeseburger again.